Do your heels have pain when you get out of bed in the morning?
. . . . You are not alone!
There are many medical conditions which can cause heel pain, including plantar fasciitis, bursitis, arthritis, Severs disease (or inflammation of the growth center of the heel in children), stress fractures, traumatic injuries, Achilles tendinitis as well as neuritis or nerve pain. In order to treat heel pain properly and effectively a proper diagnosis by your podiatrist is critical. If heel pain is not treated the condition can be chronic and worsen, which can negatively affect your lifestyle.
At Kansas City Foot and Ankle, we review patient history, provide a physical examination, and ancillary testing including x-rays and diagnostic ultrasound. The procedures we would provide depends upon the cause of the heel pain, as each condition has specific treatment modalities that are a specific type of heel pain.
Common Conditions for Heel Pain – Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain that podiatrists see in their offices. Plantar fasciitis is literally inflammation of the ligament on the bottom of the foot that runs from the heel across the arch and attaches into the ball of the foot. It is usually caused by an instability in the way the foot functions. If the arch flattens too much with every step you take, the plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed. Fortunately, plantar fasciitis is one of the most easily treated foot conditions
Treatment for plantar fasciitis consists of addressing the inflammation and pain, as well as the instability in your feet that is leading to the inflammation. We offer many successful treatment options to help reduce your pain. You may already be familiar with more traditional pain relief alternative such as anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and cortisone injections, however, we are one of the few offices in Kansas City that offers an in-office procedure called cryoanalgesia that has proven to be highly successful for long-term pain relief.
Kansas City Foot and Ankle offers two highly advanced technologies for the treatment of heel pain. The Multi Radiance 4 laser a non-invasive, in office cold laser treatment allows you to start feeling better in just a few short visits. Without the need for medications, injections or procedures you can be on your way to feeling pain free!
Another innovative yet natural technology we offer is Amniofix® Sports Med, delivers stem cells via an injection to the damaged soft tissue site. Your body’s own natural healing power works with the stem cells to repair soft tissue injuries of the foot and ankle such as plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis.
Other common causes for heel pain are:
Stop suffering and call our office today for an appointment (816) 943-1111.
If you, or someone you know, struggles with heel pain, please contact our office. It doesn’t matter if you need a Lee’s Summit Podiatrist or an Olathe Podiatrist, we would be happy to assist you at Kansas City Foot and Ankle.